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Monthly Archives: July 2009

2009 Report Card: Danilo Gallinari

Gallinari’s first year in America was a comedy of errors. When the player New York reportedly coveted (Russell Westbrook) went one pick earlier, Gallinari was seemingly taken as Plan B. In his first preseason game Gallinari faced a 300+ lb behemoth in Robert “Tractor” Traylor, and promptly hurt his back. The youngster sat out the rest of preseason, but was ready when the season started. In the Knicks first game, D’Antoni played Gallo over Marbury prompting fans to inexplicably cheer for Stephon. After his second game, Gallinari’s back prevented him from playing until mid-January. The rookie played spot minutes for …continue reading

Knicks 2009 Summer League Roster

Looking over the Knicks’ roster there are 9 spots that are taken (Chandler, Curry, Duhon, Gallinari, Harrington, Hughes, Jeffries, Milicic, and Mobley). Two more are likely to be filled by Lee and Robinson. That leaves 4 spots possible for the summer league candidates, barring any offseason player movement. Definites It’s safe to assume that both draft picks Jordan Hill and Toney Douglas will be on the team’s roster come October. However it doesn’t mean the pair can relax in Vegas, as a poor showing could send them to D’Antoni’s doghouse before training camp even opens. Knick fans will expect both …continue reading

2009 Report Card: Quentin Richardson

It’s amazing how Quentin Richardson’s 2009 season lines up with his career stats. Except for minor improvements in shooting and minor declines in rebounding, points scored, and free throw attempts, the two are identical…

Economics 2010

Recently the NBA front office has sent out a memo to teams about a potential reduction in the salary cap for 2010. According to the league conservative estimates has the cap shrinking to just under $54M, but it’s also possible to go as low as $50M. Of course the player’s union was upset at this memo, because it could lower rookie and free agent signings this year. The New York Times duo of Abras and Beck look over the numbers with Larry Coon as how they pertain to potential 2010 free agents. The announcement added new dimensions to the landscape …continue reading

2009 Report Card: Larry Hughes

Larry Hughes arrived in a midseason trade with Chicago. The Knicks were in dire need of a shooting guard precipitated by the Cuttino Mobley injury, and Hughes’ poisoned contract made him available. Back in 2005, Hughes was a highly sought after free agent, but he never lived up to his contract as LeBron’s sidekick, and Chicago fans soured on him quickly. In New York, he arrived with lesser expectations as fans were just happy that he had a normal beating heart. Hughes has a reputation as a good defender and he seems above average to the eye. However 82games had …continue reading

2009 Report Card: Nate Robinson

When the mainstream claims a player has a breakout season, it’s usually due to an increase in a player’s minutes per game which inflates his per game stats (see Eddy Curry’s 2007 season). Nate Robinson did see an increase in his minutes and had career highs in just about every per game stat. However his per minute stats verify that 2009 was a career year. The Knicks’ guard had career bests in per minute points, assists, rebounds, steals, fouls, and free throw attempts. Year G FGA FG% 3PA 3P% FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL TOV PF PTS 2006 …continue reading

FA Day 1 Events Bring Lee Closer To New York

Two recent events could mean the Knicks are a bit closer to resigning David Lee. According to Yahoo, the Pistons have signed both Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Meanwhile ESPN reports that the Clippers have traded Zach Randolph to Memphis for Quentin Richardson. Both Detroit and Memphis were potential buyers for David Lee, with both the free agent space and a hole at power forward. So the only teams left that have the cap space that are likely to sign Lee are Oklahoma City, Toronto, and Portland. The Trailblazers are unlikely to offer Lee a contract, considering the depth they …continue reading